Thursday, April 18, 2024

Review: Out Of Our League


If you're a sports reader - this one is for you!

There are 16 sports short stories - all different sports from YA lit. While they are all wildly different, some do connect with names from other stories. 

The one problem I have with short stories is that I want more; I want them to become books.

In addition to sports, there is romance, friendship, and family drama.

There truly is something for everyone in this book. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Picture Book Wednesday: The Reflection in Me

A person chats with themselves in the mirror - and they are VERY complimentary. They like themselves.

It's never too early to start practicing self-care. There's so much negativity in the world, that it's important to remember to be kind to yourself. Starting off every day with what you like about yourself is a perfect way to start the day. And of course, the illustrations are from the marvelous Peter H. Reynolds. This is a great book to share with everyone! 

* F&G sent for review

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Characters

 This week's topic is book characters we'd like to go on vacation with. Of course, if the book is good, you always want to spend more time with these characters. 

Emily and Kieran - anywhere bookish

Noah's sisters would be a hoot on vacation

A ball with Sophia, Polly, and Tirzah

on a day hike with Jo

Laurel, Paris, and Cassie to a winery 

Monday, April 15, 2024

Middle Grade Book: Louder Than Hunger

Of course, as soon as I heard about this book, I wanted to read it.

First because of the author: John Schu.
Second: Novel in Verse
Third: Anorexia from a male perspective

@yabooknerdlibrarian Louder than Hunger is a must read book - its about struggles. It made me cry 😭 but it was so so good! @Candlewick Press #booktok #poetry #poetrytok #novelsinverse ♬ original sound - Jennifer @YA Book Nerd 📚📚📚

                                                           Happy National Poetry Month! 

Friday, April 12, 2024

New Paintings


I've had some time on my own and I filled lots of it with painting.

Do you have a favorite?

@yabooknerdlibrarian I had some free time on my hands lately - here are some paintings from this year. Most are paintings but some are bookmarks 🔖 #painttok #paintings #watercolors #landscapes #bookmarks #flowers ♬ Little Happiness - Oneul

Thursday, April 11, 2024

5 Things: Proof of the Pudding


Book 17 in the Royal Spyness series!

This is a favorite cozy series of mine. Here are 5 things I loved about this book! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Picture Book Wednesday: We Found a Seed

Two friends find a seed. At first, they are not sure how to make it grow, but eventually, they figure it out! 

A cute book about how to grow a seed and being patient. The flower grows and died, leaving behind more seeds. Bright illustrations accompany this story. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Fourth Wing

 This week's topic is a freebie. After hearing about this book for ages, I finally got my hands on Fourth Wing. And it lived up to the hype. I'm starting the next one this week, but for those of you who have finished both books, here are some book recommendations. 

For Adult Book Lovers:

For YA Book Lovers:

Have you read Fourth Wing? Did you enjoy it??

Monday, April 8, 2024

Middle Grade Book: Just Keep Walking


I read this book and was so impressed with Jo. 
She hiked and hiked and hiked.

While I'm an amateur hiker, this is nowhere on my level. 

Here are some previous posts about hiking.:

I loved how Jo talked about books (Little Women and Anne of Green Gables for the win!)

@yabooknerdlibrarian Are you a hiker? Jo and her mom start a massive hiking journey together- can they accomplish their goal? #hiking #middlegradebooks #survival #booktok @Scholastic ♬ original sound - Jennifer @YA Book Nerd 📚📚📚

Saturday, April 6, 2024

BookTok: The Coworker

If you're a reader of adult thrillers, read this one! 

@yabooknerdlibrarian Don’t you love a book that surprises you? Set aside some time to read this thriller! #booktok #coworker #thriller #amreading @Sourcebooks Fiction ♬ original sound - Jennifer @YA Book Nerd 📚📚📚

Friday, April 5, 2024

Romance Review: When in Rome


Rae Rose, the Princess of Pop, needs a break. She leaves for tour in a couple weeks. Her manager keeps pushing her; she has interviews lined up. But she really just needs a break. She's always been an Audrey Hepburn fan; she pulls up the nearest Rome. 

Rome as in Roman Holiday. When she arrives in the small town, her car dies. She accepts the help from a stranger until her car can be fixed. This small town turns out to be exactly what she needs to clear her mind and to get excited about singing again.

Here, the townspeople treat her like just a normal person. She's able to relax, let go, and take a long took at her life. 

My Thoughts: Noah's grumpy - she's sunshine and it just works. Amelia (Rae) is the biggest pop star on the planet - not unlike Taylor Swift. But she's not in charge of her life. She has people who want everything from her and she desperately needs a break. I love the small town of Rome. All the people in the town are charming. I love Noah and his sisters. I laughed a lot reading this one. I loved how everything turned out. I can't wait to read more about this charming town and the people it. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute but it doesn't make the book.
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A fantastic romance novel - highly recommended for your romance section. 

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Book Pairings

These books reminded me of each other.

One book for older readers and one book for younger readers:

Mystery surrounding a pet turtle. 

Learning about Elephants

Dressing up for Easter (and Sunday services) in the Black community 

Harlem Renaissance  

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Picture Book Wednesday: Family Books

A few books about family:

Lily and her mother are moving to Taiwan. Lily isn't happy there. It's not her home. She's so unhappy there. Could she find happiness in another country so far from her own home?

This is an emotional story about a girl coming to term with her new home.

Jin loves his grandmother's cooking. He wants to help cook dinner for their Lunar New Year. When Jin offers to help, his aunties laugh. But his grandmother insists he help her. 

The message of cooking comes for your heart is perfect. A lovely blend of family, cooking, and love, 

Girl Dads are great at so many things - he's serious and tough but also knows about tea parties and dancing. He wears so many hats to support his daughter.

A touching story about Girl Dads and their daughters. 

Grandparents are coming to stay! The kids are excited, but something is very different. Oma is acting strange. 

This is a good introduction to talking about Alzheimer's disease with children. In finding all the items that go missing, the family shares stories. Things might not be the same, but they find joy in the memories and in the present. This is based on one family's experience and contains an author note about the disease and tips for kids. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: April Showers

 This week's topic is April Showers. I didn't have books with rain on the cover, so how about some lakes/ocean. These are all books on my upcoming TBR list! 

Any of these books on your list too?